Davis County Movies in the Park - Summer Date Night Idea

Movies in the park are one of my favorite things about summer. I love bringing treats and settling down on blankets in the park to enjoy a movie with all of my friends and family. I used to go to movie in the park every week before we got married. It's harder to do now that we have kids, and even harder to justify paying a babysitter to stay with them while they're sleeping at home and we're out on a free date. I can't wait for the days when our kids are older and we can keep them up late for movies in the park without the consequences that we'd have doing that now when they are toddlers. Until then, I'm hoping we can catch one or two of these this summer and plan on enjoying outdoor movies in our own backyard.

Outdoor Movies Davis County

Davis County Movies in the Park Locations

Bountiful - South Davis Recreation Center Summer Movies

Concessions will be selling popcorn, nachos and drinks. Event starts at 8:30pm with the movie starting at dusk, around 9:00pm.

Saturday, June 15 - Ralph Breaks the Internet
Saturday, July 6 - Spider-Main Into the Spider-verse
Saturday August 10 - Mary Poppins Returns

Centerville City Movies in the Park

I have a particular fondness for Centerville's movies in the park because they're the ones that I enjoyed so much the summers before I got married. When we went to them, they were on Thursday nights. They are currently hosted on Friday nights at Smith Park (300 N 100 E, Centerville).

Friday, June 14 - Spider-Man Into the Spider-verse
Friday, June 28 - Paddington 2
Friday, July 19 - Ralph Breaks the Internet
Friday, July 26 - Lego Movie 2
Friday, August 2 - Peter Rabbit
Friday, August 9 - Incredibles 2

Farmington Festival Days Family Night in the Park

This year's movie will be held on Monday, July 8th at Forbush Park (100 Main St, Farmington). There will be food trucks at 7pm. They will be showing the movie, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, starting at dusk.

Kaysville Summer Nights Live

These evenings include food trucks from Kaysville's Food Truck Roundup, extended splash pad hours, open mic nights and movies in the park starting at dusk. Summer Nights Live are held at Heritage Park (250 N Fairfield Road, Kaysville)

Saturday, June 15 - Spider-Man Into the Spider-verse
Saturday, July 20 - Ralph Breaks the Internet
Saturday, August 17 - Small Foot

Free Friday Family Film Series from the Davis Arts Council

A popular series held at the Kenley Centennial Ampitheater located in the center of Layton City park (403 N Wasatch Drive, Layton).

Friday, June 14 - 101 Dalmations
Friday, June 21 - Over the Hedge
Friday, June 28 - The Goofy Movie
Friday, July 5 - The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
Friday, July 12 - The Greatest Showman
Friday, July 19 - Tangled
Friday, July 26 - Night at the Museum
Friday, August 2 - The Emperor’s New Groove
Friday, August 9 - Matilda
Friday, August 23 - You’ve Got Mail
Friday, August 30 - Guardian’s of the Galaxy

Movies in the Park - Davis County

Which movie will you see first?

The Perfect Date for National Fishing Week

National Fishing and Boating Week takes place this week and I thought you might want to plan a date night to celebrate! This post contains everything that you need to know to plan your fishing date(s) or getaway this week.

Location: A pond near you - see list below
Cost: Varies based on fishing license, gear needed, etc.

National fishing week

If I were you, I would go fishing this coming Saturday, June 9th because it is free fishing day in Utah! This means that you can fish on public bodies of water without a fishing license. The cost of your date will go down if you don't need a fishing license.

To fish on any other day of the year, you will need to get a license first. You can purchase your fishing license online. Once you've picked up your license, grab any gear that you need. If you don't own gear, see if anyone in your family or friend group is willing to let you borrow theirs, or go out and invest in some of your own. If you're considering turning fishing into a hobby, even if you only go a few times a year, it might be worth investing in all of the right equipment for yourself.

Bountiful Pond

Now that you're already to go fishing, head to a pond near you. Below is a list of the bodies of water in Davis County where you can go fishing. If there are any missing from the list, feel free to e-mail us and let us know! Click on the links below to find out more about each fishing location (ie directions, size, hours, fish available, and restrictions specific to that body of water).

Fishing at Bountiful Pond

The best places to go fishing in Davis County

Bountiful Pond (Lake) - W 1600 N, Woods Cross

Farmington Pond - 750 N 75 W, Farmington

USU Botanical Gardens aka Kaysville Ponds - 920 S 50 W, Kaysville

Holmes Creek Reservoir - 2692 E Gentile St, Layton

Jensen Nature Park Pond - 3176 S Bluff Rd, Syracuse

Steed Pond - 300 N 1000 W, Clearfield

Maybey Pond - 310 S 500 E, Clearfield

Clinton Pond - 2415 N 3000 W, Clinton

view at Bountiful Pond

Pack a picnic and get ready for hours of relaxation and good conversation while you fish together. This is something that I haven't done since I was a little kid, so it's definitely on our date night to do list for the summer.

ducks at bountiful pond, utah

Click here for more details about National Fishing & Boating Week as well as a few more ideas for how to celebrate.

Photos by Randy Burgoyne

Where is your favorite fishing hole located?

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Five Ways to Make a Date Night Out of the Bountiful Chalk Art Festival

When we moved to Bountiful, I started hearing about The Bountiful Chalk Art Festival and one year we finally made it a priority to go. We've been every year since, for date night or for a family outing. We love walking down Bountiful Main Street, seeing the amazing talent that our community has and chat with friends and neighbors who we run into while we're out. We've found that Sunday evenings are an amazing time to go, although the drawings aren't as fresh by then, and sometimes it's rained and washed a few away. This year we're planning to go on Friday for date night, so I thought I'd share a few ways that you could turn the Chalk Art Festival into a fun date of your own.

Where: Bountiful Main Street
Cost: FREE (food and other activities are an added cost)

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Bountiful Chalk Art Festival Date Ideas

Check out the Food Truck League Event

Every Friday night, The Food Truck League has an event just down the street at Bountiful City Hall. You can check out their food truck finder for details on which food trucks will be there the night of the chalk art festival. After you've walked Main Street, head over to grab some food or dessert. If you'd rather start with your meal and avoid missing out on the popular items from the food trucks, you could eat first and stroll down Main Street after.

Eat at one of the Locally Owned Restaurants

Bountiful Main Street has a lot of great, locally owned restaurants and stores. A few of them are located on the blocks where the chalk art festival will take place and the rest are just a couple of blocks away. You could stop for a bite to eat while you're walking or after you've seen everything that there is to see.

Marcello's Italian Restaurant is on the north end of Main Street and really yummy. Royal India and The Bun Basket are right in the middle of the chalk art festival walk. Vito's is as well but has specific hours, so you'll want to check to make sure they'll be open when you go if you want to eat there. And a couple of blocks south of the festival is the Greek Cafe and SeaBears Scottish American Fish House.

magic on the sidewalk

Grab Dessert Afterward

If you're on a mid-day date or already ate elsewhere, you might decide to grab a quick treat after your walk down Main Street instead. Walk to 4th North for a drink and a cookie from Fiiz or walk the few extra blocks to 5th South and check out Bountiful's newest cookie shop, Crumbl. 

Have a Festival of Your Own

Seeing all of the amazing artistic creations at the chalk art festival makes me wish I was a little more creative in that way. Maybe the two of you are really good at drawing and looking for a new medium to try. On your way home from the chalk art festival, stop to grab a box of sidewalk chalk for yourselves. Use your driveway or the sidewalk in front of your house and have a festival of your own. Work on a mural together or draw your own separate images. Maybe you'll be inspired to register to participate in next year's festival

Continue to Enjoy the Spring Weather

Bountiful has a lot of great overlook areas where you can get a view of the valley and have a great view when the sun sets. Drive up to toward the mountains after you're finished with the festival, find a place to stop and get out to enjoy the view. You could put a blanket down on the grass or in the back of your car and chat while you watch the sun go down. If you're feeling extra romantic and want to keep moving, turn on some music and dance together while you watch the sunset.

chalk art festival

I'm really excited for our date to The Chalk Art Festival this weekend and hope you'll venture out to enjoy it as well! As far as I know, it's the only event in Davis County of its kind. I'll be sharing some of our favorite chalk drawings on Instagram this weekend and a few of the details of our date. If you see us while you're strolling down Main Street, be sure to stop and say hi!

Improvables - A Late Night Comedy Date Activity

I have been a fan of The Improvables for a long time now and have attended many of their shows, even before I met my husband. I’ve seen them perform in three different venues and have been extremely entertained at every show I’ve attended. If you’re looking for a new, family and budget friendly date night activity, you should definitely check out one of their shows! You’ll come away laughing, and you can’t go wrong with a date night that makes you laugh.

Where: Bountiful Davis Arts Center (90 N Main Street, Bountiful)
When: Fridays at 9:00pm (for ~90 minutes)
Cost: $6/adults, $5/students or members of the Bountiful Davis Arts Center

photo c/o Improvables

photo c/o Improvables

Confession: We had not been to an Improvables show since before we became parents, over four years ago. The venue that they were in previously, limited the time when they could start their shows each week and shows didn’t start until 10pm. As parents of two young kiddos, that was past our bedtime and we were generally too tired to last beyond the first game that they played, so a show never got added to our date night plans. Since they moved to the Bountiful Davis Arts Center at the beginning of the year, I have been planning to make a date of their show and laugh together late into the night.

I love that the Improvables put on family friendly shows and provide quality entertainment. They are a family of performers and I’ve seen the same performers on their stage for years, scattered among new and talented faces. Each of them have a fun and unique personality and bring their unique interests and quirks to the shows. If you’ve attended more than one of their shows, you know that they are filled with inside jokes and some of the topics they base their games on play off of funny moments from past shows or jokes that they have based on the players’ lives and interests.

bountiful davis art center

We had so much fun at on our recent date, and the laughter was just what we needed after a week of stressful house situations. We’re looking forward to attending more shows in the future and continuing to support The Improvables and local art.


Inexpensive Local Date Night Ideas

I shared these tips on Fox 13’s The Place today. I wanted to link to some of the date ideas mentioned in a place where people could find them after the show if they didn’t get a chance to write them down. Click here to watch the segment on Fox 13’s The Place.

One of the biggest reasons that couples note for not going out on dates together more often is their budget. We have young kids and understand how difficult it can be to find room in the budget to hire a babysitter and have money left to enjoy your time while you're out. Date night is a great way for couples to connect and make their relationship a priority throughout every stage of life so we hope to provide great ideas for date night that are less expensive and still just as fun.

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1. Grab appetizers or dessert instead of a full meal. A lot of restaurants have happy hour when appetizers and drinks are discounted. You can even make a meal of some things on the appetizer menu and share those for less than the cost of a full entree. Dessert only eateries are a great options as well. We love going to Last Course because the atmosphere is perfect for date night and they have options for everyone including gluten free and vegan desserts and ice cream flavors.

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2. Look for deals on local activities. Trampoline parks, bowling alleys and other activity centers often have deals for date night. You can also find deals on websites like Groupon or in local coupon mailers. One of our favorite activities is nerf dart wars at Dartside in Layton. They have an adult hour every Saturday night where only 18+ are allowed in the arena and couples can get in at a discounted price. It's a fun way to stay active and young and have fun together.

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3. Bring the escape room experience home. Escape rooms are a really popular activity right now, but they can be pricey. We discovered a local company, Lockbox Mysteries, whose crate rental is equivalent to one person's entry to a regular escape room. We love to get a group of two or three couples together and split the cost. The mysteries are really well thought out and we love to take on the challenge of solving them in an hour, but appreciate that by doing it at home, we can still continue on and solve the mystery, even if we don't hit our goal.

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4. Enjoy free outdoor adventures together. Hiking is a great date night activity and an awesome way to explore new areas around you. The Wild Rose Trail in North Salt Lake is an easier trail and perfect for hiking to watch the sunset during warmer months. We also love geocaching because it keeps us active and is a scavenger hunt that we can enjoy together. There are great apps you can download to help you find caches in your area.

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5. Catch a matinee or discount movie. For couples who love movie dates, going to matinees or taking advantage of discount days can dramatically decrease the cost of date night. We love to go to Cinemark theaters on Tuesday when tickets are just $5 all day. They also have recliners in all of their theaters so that's a bonus!

Whatever you choose to do for date night, I hope you find a way to make date night more of a priority in your relationship, regardless of what your budget looks like!